When they arrive in the Congo, the locals resist the preachings of her father. Leah sympathizes for her father, thinking that “Not everyone can see it, but my father’s heart is as large as his hands. And his wisdom is great…(42)”. Through the conciliatory tone that Kingsolver establishes through Leah’s father, Leah fails to recognize that the people of the Congo do not need their religion to save them, as those people have their own traditional
Although they were father and son, Okonkwo and Nwoye were never very close because of how different they were. “Nwoye knew that it was right to be masculine and to be violent, but somehow he still preferred the stories that his mother used to tell…” (Achebe 53). This shows that even though Nwoye didn’t share the same
With the need to survive, Rachel accommodates to her surroundings in order to grow and flourish independently despite her high maintenance attitude. The culture of the Congo was one that Rachel had never experienced before. Being as narrow-minded and superficial as she was, at first everything about the African culture was a disgrace to her. “Man oh Man, are we in for it now”(Kingsolver,22), were Rachel's
The family, whether they realized it or not, were contributing to the ignorant ideals of the white man 's burden. They had originally came to the Congo to Christianize the African villagers, which overall was a political and social tactic to control the continent through imperialism. In this book, the author includes many different perspectives of this concept, including points of view from the common villagers, Nathan, the daughters, and even figures such as the Kilanga chief, Tata Ndu. Although Kingsolver doesn 't write chapters from these people 's points of view, their opinions and attitudes towards the Price family and the notion of the “white man’s burden” are presented clear enough for the reader to understand the effects of imperialism. All of family members have different opinions on what they see in the Congo, therefore they are all contributing to the White Man’s Burden in differing
By doing this Achebe is able to draw the readers in, to fully connect them, whether it's for the good or the bad. Now that the readers have a better connection with Okonkwo's family and know that Nwoye was thought to be like Okonkwo's father, Achebe brings forth the feeling of betrayal. “What moved Obierika to visit Okonkwo was the sudden appearance of the latter's son, Nwoye, among the missionaries in Umuofia” (143) With his quote it is known that Okonkwo will feel betrayal, and since the audience is connected to him they know that he will feel betrayed. Achebe once again uses pathos to portray the feeling of betrayal. ”How then could he have begotten a son like Nwoye, degenerate and effeminate?”
In the face of social epidemic that has taken over the entirety of a nation, Garrison feels the only way to advance the society’s moral compass is to solicit the feeling of guilt, “I despise the littleness of that patriotism which blusters only its own rights, and, stretched to utmost dimensions, scarcely covers its native territory.” This was done so the nation may feel ashamed of how little they have contributed to the nation. Garrison knows that the Colonization Society wants better for the country; however, he feels that what they are doing is not enough in regards to freeing, and later integrating and accepting, African American Slaves. Garrison wants to guilt the organization into doing more so the end to slavery in America may occur at a faster pace than they are going at now. Moreover, Garrison establishes dominance over the audience in order for him to ensure and overwhelming feeling of guilt by use of a concrete diction in stating, “that it is the duty of every nation primarily to administer relief to its own necessities.”
Richard has always felt the unjust of race, and has felt how segregation made it hard for him to have a future. But when he gets a chance to get revenge on the whites, he refuses when he thinks ”Who wanted to look them straight in the face, who wanted to walk and act like a man.(200)” Stealing went against his morals of the right way to succeed and would not help the community appearance to the whites. The community as a whole is very religous but Richard does not share these beliefs, even with the persistence of his friends and family he says ”Mama, I don't feel a thing.(155)” This caused his friends to beg him, but in face of rejection they leave him alone.
Although some people may argue that colonialism positively affects Ibo society as the white men allow Ibo people to unite against one cause, as in the text it says, “We must root out this evil. And if our brothers take the side of evil we must root them out too. And we must do it now. We must bale this water now that it is only ankle-deep” (204). Although this claim may be true in some respects it is not entirely true as Ibo people seem to unite against one cause, but they do not actually take action.
The fallen have obviously destroyed their credibility with the maker, and apologies and excuses alone will not save them. Continuing with His speech, He explains to His listeners that He wants them to be saved, but by doing so Himself He is against risking the truth of their free will. Basically, God is not so subtly looking for a volunteer to “Die he or justice must, unless for him/ Some other able and as willing to pay/ The rigid satisfaction, death for death” (3.210-212). Acting as all fathers do, He implements the tough love and says that if they’re going to act like that, someone has to take responsibility. And, as God’s creations, the angels are unwilling to suffer for the sins of another.
Frederick Douglass would most likely have a similar opinion because he recognized how contradictory the actions of the slaveholders were with faith in general. Those zealous Christians only scrambled to find something in the Bible that could ensure them that this horrific way of making money would not be frowned upon by God. They denied their conscience and had the audacity to quote the Good News as they beat their slaves almost to the point of death. The cruel actions of the slaveholders are nearly impossible to call moral, keeping in mind the overall belief that all human beings have dignity and natural
It left husbands without wives, children without parents, and worst of all, a community without knowledge on how to live with rights and the feel of hope and freedom. Slave owners didn’t see slaves as human beings, but, as an easy target to acquire income. Most would see themselves on a higher level than their slaves, as if God gave them that position. The slaves would work endlessly, given little food and shelter, but slave owners, also known as masters, would justify this cruelty with the use of religion, such as, the Christian religion. For example, in the novel, “When Slavery Was Called Freedom: Evangelicalism, Proslavery, And the Causes of the Civil War,” by John Patrick Daly, it identified that the “Bible provided a perfect weapon for exposing abolitionist pretenses and winning allies for the South”.
Clinging to tradition and religious faith comes to be nearly impossible for African clans. Throughout the novel, Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe the main character Okonkwo and his fatherland Umoufia strives to keep their clan as one. When Christian missionaries come to propose a takeover, the villagers of Umoufia dispute their capabilities to be able to stop the spread of Christianity. The villager 's actions begin to demonstrate that change is inevitable.
The origin of this anthropocentric way of thinking is difficult to pin down, but many ecologists believe religious beliefs were a main driver. As White put it “…we shall continue to have a worsening ecological crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man” (White p. 69). It is not hard to understand that thinking the land was only as important as what it could give to humans was extremely detrimental to resources. It also gave Europeans the idea that if the land was not being used for what they though was important, then it was not being used at all. This led them to take land from the natives as their own, because they were going to cultivate it unlike the Indians had done.
All slaves there were treated badly. They were beaten if their work didn’t satisfy the master. Although the master Legree believed in Christianity, he had the bad understanding of it. In the novel, some plantation master use specific doctrine to regulate the slaves and make slavery legal and comply with Christianity. Legree was one of them.